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Release Day Review: Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox
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TC Tracy C Muth
Toronto Connections Book 1
About the Author
Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.
November 14, 2016
Absence is as crucial as presence.
The decision to stop dating has made Vaughn Hargrave’s life infinitely simpler: he has friends, an excellent wardrobe, and a job in the industry he loves. That’s all he really needs, especially since sex isn’t his forte anyway and no one else seems interested in a purely romantic connection. But when a piece is stolen from his art gallery and insurance investigator Jonah Sondern shows up, Vaughn finds himself struggling with that decision.
Jonah wants his men like his coffee: hot, intense, and daily. But Vaughn seems to be the one gay guy in Toronto who doesn’t do hookups, which is all Jonah can offer. No way can Jonah give Vaughn what he really wants, not when Jonah barely understands what love is.
When another painting goes missing, tension ramps up both on and off the clock. Vaughn and Jonah find themselves grappling not just with stolen art, but with their own differences. Because a guy who wants nothing but romance and a guy who wants nothing but sex will never work—right? Not unless they find a way to fill in the spaces between them.
Release Day Review by Tracy C Muth
**copy provided by author/publisher via Divine Magazine in exchange for an honest review**
Vaughn and Jonah are complete opposites. Vaughn doesn't really care for hooking up. In fact he doesn't really like sex all that much, but he's not sure why or what's wrong with him. Jonah loves sex, but without realizing it, he uses it as a way to numb the pain of his horrible childhood. They meet when an art piece is stolen from the gallery Vaughn works at. Jonah is the insurance agent that shows up to investigate the claim.
I read some reviews after I started the book and they made me want to put the book down, but I decided to keep reading. I'm glad I did, while I wasn't completely satisfied with the story, it's not for the same reasons as some of the other reviewers. This story leads to an open relationship, which although it's not for me and I don't particularly care for it in my books, if I don't have to see it on page, I guess I could live with it. Unfortunately, the author failed to address Jonah's need for sex. As I said above, he uses it to numb the pain, sort of like a drug and if the author had addressed this maybe an open relationship wouldn't have been needed. Maybe a better sexual compromise could have been reached, too. Sex toys anyone?
Jonah and Vaughn had a great chemistry, I just wish the author had put them together sooner. The romantic portion of the story moved much too slow for my taste.
While this was an enjoyable read, it left unresolved issues and the ending left me feeling unsatisfied and wanting more, but not in a good way. Still, it was a recommended read.
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